Thursday, July 3, 2008
A Neighborly Hawaiian Welcoming
We were totally blown away by our neighbors who came bearing gifts. One neighbor came over bringing a bag of huge Hayden mangoes. Hayden mangoes are my absolute favorite. Another neighbor then dropped off some gorgeous cards made with real dried seaweed art and a delicious chocolate haupia (coconut pudding) pie. Yikes! Then, if that wasn’t enough to complete our delight, our neighbors across the street came over with a welcome gift basket full of papayas, mangoes, apple bananas, a lemon and loaf of bread. Good gosh!
Our original intent had been to come back to Hawaii, buy a home and have my mother move in with us. Then mom said she really did not want to leave her neighborhood. Thus, we’ve built a second floor onto her house which may have sounded crazy at times but we’re thinking it’s really worked out quite well. Art will now have a retirement project to keep him busy for the next several years. We had contractors build the outside of the house but Art will be doing a lot of the interior work himself just because...well... it was too darn expensive to get the whole thing done for us.
There’s a list a mile long of things we have to get done. However, one of the most important things has been accomplished. We selected a high speed Internet hook up. I’m using dial up now that is slow as molasses and it ties up the phone line. I’ll be up to speed, hopefully, by the end of next week. Then I can get back to checking in more easily with all of you.